Monday, January 1, 2018

Resolve to Read!

I'm a shock there. But I have surrounded myself with friends who are also readers. When I taught, my goal was to contribute to expanding my students' reading life. An English teacher/Reading Specialist/School Librarian married to an Academic Librarian...our home is packed with books.

I asked my friends to share with my their favorite book from 2017 -- not the best book...their favorite. My friends came through! We had a lively conversation about books. Several of my former students visited and shared their favorites

A Pew survey from late 2016 shows a quarter of American adults did not read ONE BOOK in the previous year. As one who was raised by readers, who married a reader, who spent 40 years with students and books, that makes me sad.

So I resolve to read! I resolve to share books and to work to inspire others to read. Please join me!

What follows is two lists. One is the list of books my FB friends have identified as their favorite in 2017. I've asterick-ed the books I've read. And a double asterick means that book is on my top ten list for the year, too. You see I have a lot to work on.

The second list is the countdown list from my friend Amanda Kordeliski, School Media Specialist extraordinaire. She does a countdown of the top 25 Young Adult books she's read...and she's read a bunch!!

SO, check out these lists, read a couple, and let me know what you think!

13 Reasons Why*
13 Soldiers
A Dog’s Purpose
A Girl of the Limberlost
A Man Called Ove*
A Monster Calls*
Accidental Saints
Alice and the Zombie Queens
All the Light We Cannot See*
America’s Women
American Town
As Always, Julia
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Beautiful Miscellaneous
Behold the Dreamers
Being Mortal
Beneath the Scarlet Sky
Bite Me
Born a Crime**
Boys in the Boat
Britt-Marie Was Here*
Brothers Karamazov*
Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
Creatures of a Day
Dark Lover
Does Santa Exist
Dreamland Burning*
East of Eden*
Einstein: His Life and Universe
From Sand and Ash
Full Cicada Moon*
Game of Thrones*
Girls and Dangerous Pie
Glass Houses
Guns, Germs, and Steel
Handle with Care*
Handmaid’s Tale**
Haunting the Deep
Hawthorn & Child
Hidden Figures*
Hissing Cousins
House of Spies*
In the Country We Love
Invisible Man*
Jude the Obscure*
Killers of the Flower Moon**
Kitchen Table Talk
Lies my Teacher Told Me*
Lilac Girls
Little Fires Everywhere
Magic Tree House
Make your Bed
Manhattan Beach
Mirror Mirror
Mitch Rapp
Most American
Mr. Mercedes
My Absolute Darling
My Family Divided
News of the World
Northern Borders
Not-quite States of America
Orbiting Jupiter
Origin of the Female
Patrick Moore on Mars
Post Graduate
Princess X
Purple Hibiscus
Real Thoughts for Real Teachers
Sing Unburied Sing
Small Great Things*
Snow Crash
Still Life with Tornado
Summers at Castle Auburn
Team of Rivals
Tell the Wolves I’m Home*
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian*
The Alice Network
The Bronze Horseman
The Circle
The Dry
The Expendables
The Gentleman from Moscow**
The Girl with Seven Names
The Glass Castle*
The Hate U Give**
The Husband’s Secret
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
The Leavers
The Long and Far Away
The Marriage Lie
The Mountain Between Us
The Name of the Wind
The Nazi Officer’s Wife
The Power
The Professor and the Madman*
The Shack
The Six of Crows
The Smell of Other People’s Houses
The Sympathizer
The Trial
The War that Saved my Live**
There But for The
Total Cat Mojo
Truly Madly Guilty
Turtles All the Way Down*
Undisputed Truth
We are Completely Beside Ourselves
We Need to Talk About Kevin*
We Were the Lucky Ones
Wheel of Time
Where the Night Falls
Words in Deep Blue
Wrinkle in Time*
Y is for Yesterday
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me**
Zookeeper’s Wife

Amanda's top 25 -- she has supplied authors. I was too lazy to do that with my list.

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
The Pain Eater by Beth Goobie
(2.5) A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
(3.5) Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham*
Bang by Barry Lyga
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson
Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Juan Pablo and the Butterflies by JJ Flowers
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas**
How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah*
North of Happy by Adi Alsaid
The Leaf Reader by Emily Arsenault
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Devils Within by S.F. Henson
Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance*

Here in Oklahoma, it's really cold...time to curl up with a good book. 

Don't see YOUR favorite book of 2017? Add it in the comments!


  1. Thank you for the lists, Claudia. I was compiling a similar list while reading all the comments to your post. I gave up. So many books.

    1. I didn't realize how important that question was. I was excited to share